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Old 03-12-2009, 07:45 PM
 
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Does anyone else have a problem with fire ants and crazy ants messing with their garden?
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:58 PM
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Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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My father in law is an old gardener from way back but had to stop. Locally about the best thing I've found is consistant use of Amdro bait sprinkled around the mounds.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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It's become normal in South Texas. You need to patrol the yard on a regular basis with fire ant "killer" and spread it on the mounds. They move elsewhere. I've managed to keep the mounds fewer and smaller with a regular bi-weekly patrol of the yard specifically looking for fire ant mounds. Look again after a rain. They seem to propogate with rain. Also check the electric boxes in or near the house. They like electricity too.
It's become a fact of life in South Texas.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Elkhart, IN
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Does anyone else have a problem with fire ants and crazy ants messing with their garden?

I lived in SW FL for 24 yrs and they are horrid. I used Amdro allot, but its so expensive and I learned that if you sprinkle on grits granules they will eat them and it will kill them. Not as fast as Amdro, but at least its safe for kids and pets.

I sure dont miss them!
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: rain city
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Award.

It is the only product that will work to reduce imported south American fire ant populations. It is not a poison and does not kill ants, it is an ant growth inhibitor.

Read here: Broadcast Baits for Fire Ant Control - Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Project
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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There is one way to thin them down and that is to put a shovel full from one bed into another and visa versa....then watch them knock each other off. Completely safe...No chems involved and no expense.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Ew, they are rampant where my family in South Carolina lives. Not to bad yet here in NE Tennessee, but I do see fire ant killers on the shelves in the supermarkets, so they must be somewhere?
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Alaska and Texas
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Default ants eating my seeds?

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Does anyone else have a problem with fire ants and crazy ants messing with their garden?
I'm spending the winter in Texas and got introduced last week to fire ant bites. Wow, it hurts and takes a while to subside. I also had no sprouts from direct seeding even though the same seeds came up fine indoors. I think the ants are eating the seeds.
I use OverNOut where I find the fire ants. I leave the other ants alone since they're supposed to compete against the fire ants.

Last edited by snkalaska; 03-13-2009 at 10:22 AM.. Reason: misspelled
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Fire ants are rampant in my area, but thankfully I don't have them in my yard (yet).

I have a problem with the little black ants, I call them "pi*s ants". They are everywhere, they get under mulch, under leaves, under outdoor funiture, into compost piles, and they climb in the trees. I have even had them get into 50lb bags of dogfood before.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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FireAnts are the evil creeping invasive spawn of Satan. I've tried the mound-transfer, and I think they fell in love. I tried the grits and they decided to try to come into my kitchen looking for my stash. Amdro IS expensive but it works. But I'll try anything!

The little p**s ants are vicious too. I'll be digging happily along, and suddenly - my arms and legs are covered with them. I have become quite famous as a yard stripper, especially under the hose, peeling off shoes, socks, pants and gloves, trying to get them off before they cover me and drag me off to their netherworld!
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